Strike ends at Paris' Orly airport

22nd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 22 (AFP) - A four-day strike by ground staff at Orly airport which caused severe disruption to flights over the weekend was called off Tuesday, unions said.

PARIS, Feb 22 (AFP) - A four-day strike by ground staff at Orly airport which caused severe disruption to flights over the weekend was called off Tuesday, unions said.

The stoppage was launched on Friday in protest against the suspension of a worker accused of failing to observe safety procedures in an incident that caused the death of a flight attendant.

Management at Air France mobilised non-striking workers and had promised a return to normal Tuesday.

The dispute began after the flight attendant accidentally fell to her death from the top of a mobile stairway as passengers were disembarking on February 1. The disciplined worker is believed to have moved the stairway too early.

But strikers said the accident was caused indirectly by a policy of cost-cutting and quick turnarounds, and accused management of seeking a scapegoat.

"This doesn't mean our campaign is over. We are going to prepare other actions," said Anne Giovanelli of the Sud union.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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